We Care - Know The Rules

  • The School Board of Broward County, Florida (SBBC) consists of nine elected School Board Members who serve four-year terms.  Two of the School Board Members are elected “at large” by all of the electors in Broward County.  The other seven School Board Members are elected from seven school board member residence areas.   The School Board Members, along with the Superintendent, oversee the sixth-largest District in the nation. The SBBC implements policies that govern ethical, fiduciary, and scholastic mandates, protocols, and procedures for the District's schools, offices, and departments subject to any applicable federal, state, or local laws.  The SBBC answers to the residents and taxpayers of Broward County in an ethical, open, and transparent manner. 

    A school principal may supplement District policies by outlining rules specific to the school such as uniform colors, cell phone usage areas, and drop off/pick up times. However, school rules are limited in scope and do not supersede school district policies.

  • Anonymous Tip Line

    If you need to report something you can do so ANONYMOUSLY! No one will ever be able to know where the report originated. We need you to help keep our schools and our children safe, so if there is something going on that needs to be reported please report it.

    The text messaging service, TipSoft, allows a response by text message to the originating cell phone without ever knowing the identity of the individual who left the tip. The user’s information is always given an alias and a unique ID before being sent. This secure application allows the tipster and the investigator to have two-way dialog while always keeping the user’s identity completely anonymous.

    The School Board of Broward County encourages students to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as vandalism, theft, the sale, and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned.

    Call: 754-321-0911
    Text: 'SBBC' space with your text message to 274637 (CRIMES)
    Email: school911@browardschools.com

  • Absence Reporting/Attendance

    Report an Absence Online

    According to SBBC Policy 5.5: All students under 16 are required to attend school every day of the 180-day school year. Absences are established by tardiness, early sign-outs, or absences for all or part of any day. The maximum number of acceptable absences is 5 days. Additionally, please note that students may not be released after 1:45 p.m.

    1. Parents have 2 days (48 hours) in which to report an absence.
    2. The Attendance Policy allows eight (8) reasons for absence to be excused.
    3. Make up work for credit and grade is allowed for ALL absences. Learn more about Homework/Makeup Work.

    Review BCPS Attendance Frequently Asked Questions

  • Arrival/Tardy/Dismissal

    Arrival

    Please understand that being on time includes coming too early or too late. Children should arrive between 8:10 AM and 8:40 AM.

    Children who arrive before 8:10 AM will need to stay in the car with their parent until 8:10 AM. There is no adult supervision of children until 8:10 AM.

    Tardy

    Students arriving after 8:45 AM will be considered TARDY. If students arrive after 8:45 AM, the student will need to obtain a pass from the front office to be admitted to class.

    Dismissal

    The dismissal time is 2:45 PM. All students are expected to remain in school for the entire school day. If students are dismissed early, they must be picked up by 2:15 PM. No students will be dismissed 30 minutes prior to the last bell for safety reasons. 

    Walkers and bike riders are dismissed from the north gate at 2:45 pm. Parents may meet them there.

    Car riders are dismissed as parents/guardians pull into our carpool lane showing their school-issued carpool tag.

    If you need another name tag, please visit our office with your ID and you will be given one.

    Under no circumstances will we release a child to an adult without them showing their ID and having their name listed on the child's emergency card completed by the parent or guardian.

    To change your child's dismissal, send a note to the child's teacher or email us at challengerdismissalchange@browardschools.com.

    Changes cannot be made over the phone. SAFETY IS OUR FIRST CONCERN.

  • Cell Phone

    Possession of a wireless communication device that disrupts the educational process is a violation. Cellular phones, camera phones, and pagers are prohibited at all times during class unless specifically instructed to do so as part of the lesson.

  • Code Red Drills

    Code Red Drills have been mandated for all schools by the State of Florida to ensure the safety of our students and staff. These Code Red Drills will be implemented on a monthly basis, similar to fire drills. The date of the drill will not be pre-announced due to potential security and attendance issues. Instead, our school will send families Parent Link messages via phone call, text message, and/or e-mail approximately 20 minutes prior to the drill to alert everyone that it is only a drill. Please do not contact your child during the Code Red Drills as it is important for all students to learn the safety procedures in case of an emergency. Our school will then send a second message to families notifying you that the drill is completed.

  • Dress Code

    SCHOOL UNIFORMS ARE MANDATORY

    Challenger is a uniform school.  All students are required to wear their school uniform every day except if they are participating in our "dress your way" fundraiser every Friday.  Students can dress their way (appropriate for school) for $1.00.

    Our school colors consist of:

    • Polo Shirt Tops - Navy Blue, Red, & White (solid colors)
    • Bottoms - Navy Blue & Khaki (no jeans)
    • Jackets and Sweaters - Navy Blue, Red, or White (solid colors)

    Benefits of a Uniform Policy

    Research suggests that school uniforms

    • Improve discipline, self-esteem and self-respect.
    • Focus the student towards learning.
    • Eliminate the fear of whether their clothing choice will be acceptable by peers.
    • Strengthens school pride.
    • Identify student population from strangers on school grounds.
    • Cost-effective.

    These items are never appropriate for school:

    • Cut off jeans
    • Jeans with holes in them
    • Sleeveless tops
    • Flip flops or sandals

  • Parents & Visitors

    All visitors including parents must check into the attendance office prior to going to any classrooms or any area on campus. An official photo identification (ID) is required. Acceptable forms of ID include the following:

    • Driver’s license
    • Florida’s official state identification card
    • Passport

  • Parking

    Visitor Parking

    All visitors must park in the designated visitor parking spaces. Please do not park in spaces designated for faculty and staff or in the bus loop.

  • Pick Up/Drop Off

    Controlling School Traffic is Essential for Safety

    Students should be picked up and dropped off at the car loops only.  Parents wishing to park should walk their children to the front gate. For safety reasons, parents are not allowed to walk their children to their classrooms.

    Dismissal

    Walkers and bike riders are dismissed from the north gate at 2:45 pm. Parents may meet them there.

    Car riders are dismissed as parents/guardians pull into our carpool lane showing their school-issued carpool tag.

    If you need another name tag, please visit our office with your ID and you will be given one.

    Under no circumstances will we release a child to an adult without them showing their ID and having their name listed on the child's emergency card completed by the parent or guardian.

    To change your child's dismissal, send a note to the child's teacher or email us at challengerdismissalchange@browardschools.com.

    Changes cannot be made over the phone. SAFETY IS OUR FIRST CONCERN.


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